VOLUME 4   ISSUE 10   MARCH 13, 2015


By Bruce Jervis


Jobsite overhead, sometimes called field office overhead, is not really “overhead” at all. It is a direct cost of performing a single construction contract at a specific site. Nonetheless, the term “overhead” is widely used and the Federal Acquisition Regulations allow government contractors to treat it as an indirect, percentage-of-contract cost component when pricing change orders.  ... Read more.




Last week, we covered some basic demographics and data from ConstructionPro Network’s 2015 BIM Experience Survey. This next installment looks more closely at responses from the 47% of respondents who have had experience with one or more BIM tools or processes to determine which applications are currently being used. Read more...


The Apple Watch, to be available in Apple stores on April 24, offers a number of features that should be of interest to contractors. The obvious focus is as a communications tool. A construction project is all about communications. Project managers need to communicate with superintendents, superintendents with foremen with their crews, and crews with each other. Back in the day, we exclusively relied on two-way radios - walkie talkies - which transitioned to cell phones, particularly the Nextel which had a "push-to-talk" feature that emulated the radios. Since the introduction of the iPhone in 2007, smart phones have become a viable alternative to two-way radios, particularly for the ability to send email, messages, documents and photos. Read more...


On the heels of our article in the February 27 ConstructionPro Network article on 3D printing, we learned the city of Dubai will be building a museum that will utilize 3D printing in its construction. Unveiled this past week by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the $136 million museum will also serve as an innovation lab and invention hub. Details of the extent of the 3D printing components were not revealed, but are expected to be significant, according to published reports in 3DPrint and Gulf News.





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